How did we manage before clog sandals?

sigrid clogs

I honestly don’t know how I got through summer previous to clog sandals entering my life: they’re just so good from a comfort and walkability perspective (I’m not certain why, as wooden soles aren’t that foot-friendly, but there you have it) and plus, they’re super-cute. I feel as though I very much need this Madewell pair, as I want a pair of white sandals and I like that these aren’t a glaring optic white.

dolce clogs

Just an easy, casual pair of slides.

trisa clog

I couldn’t resist including this borderline loud yellow pair.

no 6 clogs

From No. 6: The rose gold metallic here makes these standout. Also, metallic tones totally work as a neutral, so you can wear them with literally everything.

hasbeens

This braided pair would be perfect with a Mexican embroidered dress.

mia greta

A peep-toe number in a very good red.

elva clog

I like that these have studs instead of staples.

hunter clog

The stripey business here is fun.

coco clog

This crisscross pair is pretty classic, but the color makes it interesting.

olivia clog

This blue specimen is very work-to-weekend.

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23 Thoughts on How did we manage before clog sandals?
    Zoe Arcidiacono
    20 Jun 2018
    9:47am

    I love this selection, have you also checked out Maguba? They have so many styles in pretty colors.

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    Carolyn Abate
    20 Jun 2018
    10:48am

    Have you heard of Bryr clogs? They’re out in SF. All handmade in their studio. The color palates are gorgeous and they change seasonally. Price the point is also high but at least once a year they have a half off sale.

    https://www.bryrstudio.com

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      c.w.
      20 Jun 2018
      2:20pm

      Looked these up. Want.

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      Rae
      20 Jun 2018
      5:00pm

      I have had a pair for over a year and can confirm that they are as beautiful in person as online. They are also light, comfortable, and well made. I get compliments on them all the time.

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      Alix
      21 Jun 2018
      7:45am

      How soft is the leather? I find some clog leather is so stiff, it causes blisters. Thanks!

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        Rae
        21 Jun 2018
        9:22am

        They pair I own is a dyed burgundy leather and was reasonably soft upon arrival and has softened quite a bit since then. They mention on the site that the natural, un-dyed leather is stiff and will take longer to soften. Hope that helps!

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      DeDe
      23 Jun 2018
      6:23pm

      You probably won’t see this, Carolyn, but thank you so much for this link! I just ordered two (2) pairs (!!!) – the colors are so great and so wearable, without being trendy. And I LOVE that the leather is American and that they’re made to order in-house. Still adore my No. 6’s, but there’s room in my clog lovin’ heart for both! Have a heart from me!!

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    Viajera
    20 Jun 2018
    11:01am

    Now this is exciting.

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    c.w.
    20 Jun 2018
    11:06am

    Today’s mantra is: “do not need, do not need, do not need”

    Want: White, rose gold, pink

    “do not need, do not need, do not need”

    Oy and Egad. You are a temptress, Kim!!!!! A temptress!!!

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      Dana D
      20 Jun 2018
      12:33pm

      Yah!!!

      These are great…do not need!!!

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      Mamavalveeta03
      24 Jun 2018
      2:41am

      Rose gold, hmmm….sounds pretty nice. 🤔

      “Do not need”

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    Mary Alice
    20 Jun 2018
    1:07pm

    Kim, I know you love them but I worry about the wooden soles. Are they really comfortable to walk in all day? I’d totally spring for a pair but I worry about the hard wooden soles.

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      c.w.
      20 Jun 2018
      2:19pm

      I’ve been wearing wooden soled clogs for decades and never had an issue with comfort. I don’t know if they would be my shoe-of-choice if I were, say, a mail delivery person, or hiking in the Grand Canyon, but for the office or hanging out on the weekend or going shopping I have found them to be perfect.

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      Kathy
      21 Jun 2018
      8:18am

      Mary Alice, I taught elementary school in a building with tile-on-concrete floors for 20+ years. My go-to shoes were Hanna Andersson wooden clogs. I did a LOT of walking–well over 10,000 steps–and on days I wore my clogs, my feet did not hurt at the end of the day. I usually wear thick socks (or two pairs of thinner ones) because I have a pretty flat instep and need the bulk to “fill up” the inside of the clog. Having a snug fit makes it easier to walk in clogs, so you don’t need to grip with your toes to keep them on.

      At one point I developed killer plantar fasciitis from wearing flip flops and squishy foam slides. I got over it by wearing my clogs for about 3 weeks straight. In the summer. Part of the time in North Myrtle Beach. Red leather classic clogs with thick wool socks! (Red shoes go with everything, right?). I literally stuck my feet in them before I took even one step in the morning.

      So, yeah, I definitely think they are comfortable to walk in. 😉

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      Viajera
      21 Jun 2018
      12:34pm

      Ahem. I almost hate being that guy … but … I have to mention these things called … compression socks!!!! If you are on your feet a lot, they are *it.* I am in the market for a light compression all-the-time sock myself. (I have a pair but I don’t know where they are. They look so normal I lost them.)

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        Mamavalveeta03
        24 Jun 2018
        2:44am

        It’s happened. We’ve become our grandmas!

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          Viajera
          24 Jun 2018
          4:42pm

          I can only wish! My grandma looked way better than me actually – and she went gray early. She was just naturally elegant somehow. It did not pass down to me alas. Also, it may have helped, people dressed better then.

          Within the context of me, I am not giving up. I am actually shopping these days. I consider it a chore, but, necessary. (And I wish someone had told me about compression socks a lot earlier …)

          In fact … I tried on those Madewells Friday at the Americana. They felt pretty good on – I was pleasantly surprised. Only reason I didn’t bite is, I am not sure about how they slope upwards under the big toe. I get that that is probably a good thing on the whole … may prevent some face plants … only I have a hinky toe on one side, and sometimes that hurts. I think though that I will soon be getting in on this clog business. They really are very cute shoes.

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            Tricia
            25 Jun 2018
            2:36pm

            I used to work within walking distance of that Madewell. It was like death to my paycheck lol.

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            Mary Alice
            25 Jun 2018
            8:45pm

            Well, we must have just missed each other because I was at Americana Friday….!
            I bought those clogs online from Madewell but, alas, they must go back. Far too wide, my feet rattle around in them. SO CUTE, though.

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    c.w.
    20 Jun 2018
    2:16pm

    Side note: I received my elastic waist chinos from Everlane today and they’re are going back. Well made, nice material, but a little too…uh…loose for my body type. Also the length of the legs hit me perfectly and I’m 5’2 so if you are tall these pants will be cropped. I would return them for a smaller size, but they are already sold out in all the colors I wanted!!!

    Everlane’s Slim Classic French Terry Crewneck sweatshirt is PERFECT if anyone is thinking about it…

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      Rae
      20 Jun 2018
      4:59pm

      Thank you for leaving these reviews!

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        Viajera
        21 Jun 2018
        12:35pm

        Ditto. I give a heart to all who name names. (Assuming they sound like a real person.)

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    LisaR
    20 Jun 2018
    4:08pm

    Love the striped ones!

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